One Tree Many Branches 2018-2019 Concert Season

The performing arts are a precious treasure, a gift given to mankind by God.  The tradition of excellence in music and drama is an important part of Ascension's worship milieu.  Our Concert Series of various high caliber performance media extends that excellence as a focal point in Ascension's outreach to the community.

All performances are open to the public and are held at the Lutheran Church of the Ascension.

No admission is charged but a free will donation will be accepted at each concert.  If you enjoy these concerts, please consider supporting our series by becoming a donor.

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Cuadro “El Payo” is a flamenco ensemble consisting of artists from the U.S. and Latin America, based in Chicago.  The core value of the group is the shared love and respect for the art of flamenco, the cultural expression of the people of Andalucia in the south of Spain.  Enjoy an afternoon of dance, music and song.

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Discover the music of the Brazilian musical bow – the berimbau.  Projeto Arcomusical is a world music sextet, formed in 2013, that reimagines the Afro-Brazilian instrument through a repertoire of unique, powerful, original concert chamber music.

“Arcomusical’s music making is elegant, colorful, bold, vibrant, inspiring, and centered. The individual and collective world-class expertise of Arcomusical’s musicians make their performances sparkle!” - Augusta Read Thomas, University Professor of Composition in the Department of Music and the College, The University of Chicago

Ascension’s brilliant organist, Minkyoo Shin offers an afternoon of music for organ, piano, and strings.  Ms. Shin has performed throughout the U.S. as well as in Germany and Austria.  She has been featured on Chicago’s classical station WFMT 98.7 as part of “Make Music Chicago”.  She has also received a number of awards including finalists in the AGO’s National Young Artist Competition in Organ Performance, first-place winner in the Region III young artist’s competition of the American Guild of Organist and finalist in the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music Biennial Organ Competition.  In addition, Dr. Shin received the Wood Chandler Memorial Scholarship awarded to an outstanding major in organ playing from the Yale School of Music.
And On Earth Peace

In the beginning was the word. The Word - Holy, Sacred. Just. Eternal. God in Christ. Christ in God. And suddenly the word was flesh. Incarnate. Human. Breakable. Common. This is the story of the birth of the Prince of Peace – beautifully brought to life in a new work by Randy Vader, Jay Rouse, and Rose Aspinall. Music Director Mischa Zupko leads a full orchestra, chorus and soloists in music that includes The Coming of the King Processional; A Merry Carol of the Bells; And on Earth, Peace; The Newborn Ancient of Days; I Am Yours (Magnificat); Do You Hear What I Hear?; Rejoice with Exceeding Great Joy!; Meant for Holy Scars; O Little Town of Bethlehem; Peace, Peace; Let There Be Peace on Earth; The Coming of the King Reprise.

Sheera Ben-David is not only the cantor at Temple Sholom in Chicago,  she is also an award winning cabaret singer. She has delivered multiple critically-acclaimed runs at The Oak Room of The Algonquin Hotel, The Royal Room of The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, Feinstein’s at Loews Regency, and other popular venues around the country.  For this performance, she is accompanied by her brother, Adam Ben-David.  A graduate of the Julliard School, Adam is currently  Musical Director / Conductor / Keyboardist for the Broadway production of The Book of Mormon.  He has held similar positions for productions of High Fidelity, Spring Awakening, Jersey Boys, The Light in the Piazza, Bombay Dreams, Wicked, Dance of the Vampires, and Once Upon a Mattress.
Saturday, October 28, 2017 7:00 PM

Black Tulip is a multinational ensemble featuring Josefien Stoppelenburg, soprano (the Netherlands), Mirja Lorenz, recorders (Germany), Phillip Serna, viols (US), and Joel Spears, lutes and theorbo (US). Their prime focus is the rich cantata repertoire for solo voice with obligato instrument, interspersed with dynamic and diverse instrumental music from the 17th and 18th centuries.  The ensemble strives to create out-of-the-box programs, combining music with other art forms, such as with art and music history lectures, with narrators, or by projecting paintings that fit the music of the concert.

Joining them for this remarkable excursion into Music of the Reformation will be Chicago’s very own illustrious master of the keyboard – David Schrader.  Equally at home in front of a harpsichord, organ, piano, or fortepiano, David Schrader is "truly an extraordinary musician ... (who) brings not only the unfailing right technical approach to each of these different instruments, but always an imaginative, fascinating musicality to all of them" (Norman Pelligrini, WFMT, Chicago). A performer of wide ranging interests and accomplishments, Mr. Schrader has performed at the American Guild of Organists’ national convention with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared as a soloist on organ and on harpsichord with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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